Primarily check the following elements: What is the main idea (thesis statement) of the essay? How does the writer develop his/her idea/s? What evidence and/or examples does the writer use to support her/his main idea/claim? Are the ideas and sources reliable? Also see the writer/s analyses and/or critical thoughts/ideas on the essay, such as understanding, evaluation, comparing and contrasting and so on based on his/her experiences. South Asian Cultural Literacy (30%): In this project, students will write an essay that discusses some culture, politics, and identity (mainly issues) in relation to “South Asian Cultures.” The topic areas are not limited within any specific subjects; meaning, students can choose any topic and their essays can address any topic area that is related to “South Asian culture.” For instance, South Asian culture, identity (gender, ethnic, and Indigenous, etc), visual art, popular music, and philosophy, etc. as I just mentioned earlier. In this project, students are required to use some reading materials from this course (see the reading materials here) as sources to draw some theories, philosophies, practices, and cultural issues as evidence or examples. (I will provide you a decent number of model essays in Eli) When students write this paper, they will focus on the following elements: What is the purpose of the essay? Who are the targeted audience/readers? Your writing style depends upon your audiences. Who is the writer (writer’s situated cultural identity--state where you are from, what you know about the subject/topic, and also share your lived experiences from your own culture) What is the subject or issue? How and why do you want to address it? What is the context? What is the situation? Requirements: 12 point font Arial/Calibri 1 inch margins Double-spaced 6-8 pages Sources--6+ APA/MLA citation format; check your in-text citations and “works cited” or “reference” section Writing and Peer Review Process/es: Read the project guidelines and model essays well. If you have questions, message me on Teams. Develop your essay/project based on the outline (that I provided) You have to submit drafts and do peer reviews in Eli (check the syllabus); I will create peer review groups and also provide you peer review guidelines. You have to revise your essay based on peer review questions and peer comments, and if you have any questions and concerns, message me on Teams. Finally, edit/proofread well before you submit the drafts and/or final essay.